After a most unusual regular season for Ohio State, it was business as usual against MI.
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"I'm pretty shocked that the outcome is like this and how easily they moved the ball and made plays", senior defensive back Tyree Kinnel said. If UCF loses, the Mountain West victor would more than likely find itself in a New Year's Six game. Coach Jim Harbaugh was seeking his first win in the rivalry in his fourth season in Ann Arbor. The answer: The Buckeyes moved up four spots but were still stuck behind the Sooners. Ohio State just seems more dysfunctional.
And if you were still holding out hope for a miracle to get No. 8 UCF to the playoff, MI is one spot ahead of the Knights at No. 7 and unlikely to get jumped with a UCF win over Memphis this Saturday in the AAC Championship Game.
Regardless of where Meyer and his team were looking, it certainly wasn't at Northwestern. Somewhere Woody Hayes is smiling.
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"If [UCF quarterback] McKenzie Milton were healthy, I think UCF [who is ranked No. 8] would be ahead of MI", he said. But hats off to them. UCF 9. Florida 10.
"I think going into the season there was a lot of uncertainties there, a lot of unknowns", Ohio State co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said.
Shea Patterson finished with 187 yards passing and three touchdowns, but the second half was mostly Buckeyes.
MI receiver Nico Collins just sighed heavily and shrugged. "We didn't play very well, we didn't coach very well, and it was very disappointing. If I want that to happen, I have to make sure mine is there as well".
This one went down hard.
Not only did MI lose, it got banged up. Linebacker Devin Bush, wearing a revenge tour hat, said a win would mean everything. He was helped off the field and wasn't able to put any weight on his legs. Ohio State shot just 36.8 percent (7 of 19) on 3-pointers, and Cleveland State shot 28.6 percent (6 of 21). The Buckeyes also stayed on the fringe of the College Football Playoff picture. "And to come back against your rival and play like that, that's a focused team that loves each other and cares about each other".